Because of our blood orange success, I was convinced that gore was the way to go when introducing bright red fruits and vegetables. I was wrong. I highly, highly recommend that you don’t offer new foods by saying this: “hey kids, we’re doing a mystery food tonight and it’s going to be bloody!”
The beets were rejected pretty quickly. Sam and Emma liked them for a tenth of a nanosecond before deciding that beets were horrible. Talk of garbage came up a few times, which I understand. Beets have a certain earthy quality; getting accustomed to them can take a while.. I’m not down and out on beets yet though… they have potential. Next time I’ll try to spruce them up with a little blood orange juice. We’ll see what happens….
ME: Hey what is this?
SAM: It’s not bloody.
LAUREN: I would guess that it’s reddish black on the inside.
ME: But what is the name of this?
LAUREN: Blood orange?
ME: It’s not blood orange.
EMMA: It looks like a little bit like juice.
ME: A little bit right, it’s really dark red like your red juice. It’s like solid juice. Like your favorite, like cranberry juice.
EMMA: Yeah, I’ll smell it. (Sniffs) Yummy!
ME: Yummy? Does it smell so good?
ME: What does it smell like?
EMMA: I want to eat it.
ME: Well let’s give everyone a chance to smell it first. Sam, what does it smell like?
ME: What do you think it smells like?
ME: OK, so two yummies and a garbage.
EMMA: I want to eat it!11 comments